We’ll have much more from the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona in a bit, but the quick recap focuses on what happened for the overall win.
The battle for the win came down to two Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, but the dominant No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac needed Ricky Taylor to attempt a pass of Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac at Turn 1 in the final stages of the race.
Albuquerque dove to the inside racing line, but left enough of a gap for Taylor to attempt a move down to the inside. The two cars collided and it triggered an immediate review from IMSA Race Control. Officials decided to take no further action.
Ricky Taylor shared his car with brother Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli in his final start, and Jeff Gordon in his first Rolex 24 start in 10 years.
Albuquerque was perhaps a hard luck second in the No. 5 car with Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, just 0.671 of a second behind.
The GT Le Mans winners were again the trio of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais in their No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT with Mueller coming out ahead of a great battle with the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR and No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE. Those three cars finished in that order.
The Hand/Mueller/Bourdais trio has now won both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Rolex 24 at Daytona in consecutive races.
In GT Daytona, Porsche won the class with part-time entrant Alegra Motorsports, courtesy of a storming final stint from Michael Christensen alongside a trio of Porsche GT3 Cup champions in Daniel Morad, Jesse Lazare and Michael de Quesada, and de Quesada’s father Carlos. The No. 29 Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS was second with the No. 33 Riley Motorsports-Team AMG Mercedes AMG-GT3 third.
Performance Tech Motorsports dominated the final Prototype Challenge race at the Rolex 24, and the quartet of James French, Pato O’Ward, Kyle Masson and Nick Boulle drove effortlessly to a win by over 20 laps over their nearest competition.
We’ll have a lot more to come after podiums, interviews, and breathing and digesting this one.